Portfolio > Reconciling the Map

Deer and Night Sky 2
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2011
Oil painting of a toy deer on a star map.
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2011
painting, 3 horse finger puppets on a night sky image
oil on canvas
12" x 16"
2013
Oil painting of a toy deer on a star map.
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2011
still life with ox on world atlas
o/c
12" x 16"
2013
Oil paintings in a painted wall installation
oil paintings and wall installation
variable
2013
still life with elephants
o/c
12" x 16"
2014
reindeer ornament on solar system map
o/c
20' X 20"
2014
Reindeer ornament and star map
o/c
20" x 20"
2014
still life, deer on star map
o/c
40" x 28"
2014
Still life, deer on map of solar system
o/c
40" x 30"
2013
still life on lunar map
o/c
40" x 28"
2013
Oil painting of deer and Vermont topographical map
Oil on Canvas
68" x 54"
2013
still life on topographical map
o/c
24" x 72"
2014
still life with pie birds and nautical map
o/c
18" x 24"
2014
still life, map of Russia with zebra and reindeer
o/c
28" x 40"
2012
still life, arctic map
o/c
28" x 40"
2013
Still life, map of Russia, zebra, reindeer and monkey
o/c
16" x 2-"
2012
Oil painting of animal figurines on a Vermont topographical map
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
2007
Oil painting of deer ornament on a Vermont topographical map
Oil on Canvas
20" x 16"
2011
Oil painting of deer ornament on a Vermont topographical map
Oil on Canvas
20" x 16"
2007
Oil painting of deer on a Vermont topographical map
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2007
drawing, reindeer and star map
gouache on paper
30" x 22"
2012
OIl painting of a finger puppet on a weather map
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2011
Oil painting of a finger puppet on a weather map
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2011
Oil painting of a finger puppet on a weather map
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2011
Oil painting of a deer ornament on a weather map.
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2011
drawing with reindeer and lunar map
gouache on paper
30" x 22"
2012

These paintings begin with maps, toys and ornaments and investigate our relationships to place and space, the connections between the concrete world around us and the ways we imagine and represent ourselves in space and place. When I put the deer on the topographical map of Johnson, I was thinking about color and the compliments of red and green, the way flat shapes puzzle together to make an image and the visual cues we use to suggest 3D space in drawing or painting. This work plays with map vocabulary, markings and keys. Maps begin a conversation about how we conceive of space and place both in abstract visual language and in a broader cultural understanding. These paintings allow me to explore what it means to have a place on the planet.


We have language about our physical universe from deep space to subatomic string theory. I wonder how our visual language is changing to connect us to this conception of our world and if we have new visual language that bridges this gigantic stretch of conceptual space in which we live. With a local topographical map, weather maps, geographical maps, and star maps, I am thinking about my connections, social, physical and conceptual, to my place in space. Tapping at the corners of this investigation are the even larger questions about how we all understand space and place in the biggest sense.

March 2013